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Re: the good old Mac/PC question (was: looping observation)

After 24 years at it, I can tell you that 90% of PC problems not involving
hardware probs can be put down to bad configuration by a "tech" who didn't
know what they were doing, or didn't pay enough attention (and you don't
have to pay much these days either).  On the hardware end, failures usually
happen either immediately (within a few weeks, meaning a defective part, 
a common occurrance) or after the Mean Failure period has passed.

I've lost count of the number of PCs that were wonked up by a sloppy set-up
before I got to 'em.
Stephen Goodman
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> There's your ad for Macintosh.  I've had a G4 running since I got it
> using Explorer, Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Mail, Safari,
> iPhoto as well as my music apps Digital Performer 4 and Peak.  They all
> seem to run perfectly (Illustrator sometimes quits, but I'm sure that's
> it's own fault)
> Inversely, my IS dept. at work confirms that the Dell boxes running XP
> usually get slicked at least every 6 months when they start running
> wonky.  Most people I work with run Explorer, Outlook and MS office and
> not much else.  Friend's complaints seem to confirm this.  What's up
> with Windows and the need for reinstalling all the time?  Now that
> OS10.3 auto defrags in the background I don't even run a defrag
> utility.
> Mark
> On Jul 31, 2004, at 12:53 PM, Tom Ritchford wrote:
> >> I am seriously thinking about getting a cheap PC for stage and leave
> >> my loved Mac safely at home. Also because its usually a hassle to
> >> keep switching things if you have only one computer, so the PC I
> >> would only use for playing, hoping that it would be ready for it at
> >> all times...
> >
> > if you do this, you'll get great results if you install the minimal
> > software you can, NEVER run Explorer or Outlook (promise me this!) or
> > even never attach it to the net at all except to run the Windows
> > update packages.  I did this more or less and my rather slow cheap PC
> > has continued to run smoothly for over a year with no maintenance.
> >
> >     /t
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